Looking for healthy snacks and meals to help you keep your cool-off this summer? Just think summer berries!
From strawberries and blueberries to raspberries, blackberries and more, these small powerhouses offer a delightful burst of flavor that pack a punch of essential nutrients and health benefits. Naturally sweet and low-carb, they’re ideal for tossing into salads, smoothies, and even topping off your favorite desserts.
1. Improved Heart Health
Stress, poor nutrition, and an inactive lifestyle can lead to prolonged inflammation in the body which could contribute to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and more. Studies suggest antioxidants found in berries may help lower inflammation and in turn, support hearth health.
2. Anti-Aging Properties
Antioxidants are also crucial to help balance free radicals in the body. Without an optimal balance, the body can’t function the way it should, and, as a result, oxidative stress can occur. In addition to collagen loss and aging, this imbalance can also contribute to various diseases and conditions, including cancer. Berries are the unsung heroes of antioxidants, supporting your body’s defense against oxidative stress.
3. Weight Management
When it comes to weight management support, berries can be a valuable resource. Despite their natural sweetness, they are relatively low in calories and high in fiber, which helps you feel full longer. Snacking on berries can curb hunger cravings and reduce the intake of less nutritious foods, making them an excellent choice for weight management.
For those looking for support on their weight-loss journey, our tasty PerX® Berry Blast offers natural extracts famous for suppressing hunger and cravings.† It also delivers the ultimate mental focus and energy you need—and of course that proprietary dose of “happy” we’re known for—so you can get the most out of your day.
4. May Improve Blood Sugar and Insulin Response
According to Healthline, berries may also improve blood sugar and insulin response in those who are healthy, as well as those with resistance to insulin. In fact, a 24-26% reduction was shown when high-carb foods were consumed along with berries, as opposed to consuming those same high-carbs without berries.
5. Digestive Health
Feeling sluggish, lousy, or just plain blah? It may be your gut! Berries are a good source of fiber which is important for good gut health. Along with red wine, black tea, and chocolate, berries are also known for their polyphenols which aid in digestive health.
Whether enjoyed fresh, frozen, or in products like PerX Berry Blast, incorporating berries into your routine is a delicious way to elevate your health and savor the benefits nature has to offer.